Family: Owlet Moths (Noctuidae)
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Many darts overwinter as larvae (caterpillars). The larvae continue to feed and grow throughout the winter at temperatures of approximately 5 degrees Celsius and above (Wagner et al. 2008).
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Within New York State, the fringed dart is known to occur only on Long Island. Its specific habitat is poorly known. However, coastal pine barrens habitats on Long Island have been trapped extensively, yielding only five populations in these and other habitats. It seems to be uncommon to rare in the northern part of its range, including New York State (Covell 1984).
The short-term trend for the fringed dart in New York State seems to be stable. At one documented population, the numbers of adults that were captured during surveys in 1995 (17) and 2000 (16) were stable, indicating that the population is viable and reproducing. Most of the five documented populations are on protected lands.
The long-term trend for the fringed dart in New York State seems to be declining (New York State Department of Environmental Conservation 2005). The species inhabits sandy areas, which have been prone to development on Long Island.